Retort is a gathering of antagonists to capital and empire, based for two decades in the San Francisco Bay Area. The present book arises from the group's efforts to confront the current political moment and some of the main forms of resistance to it. Involved in the writing were Iain Boal, T. J. Clark, Joseph Matthews, and Michael Watts.
"This provocative and wide-ranging inquiry - part analysis, part manifesto - brings to light a new phase in the historical process of primitive accumulation, a form of bitter class war and social reconstruction now proceeding in the guise of what the authors depict as 'military neo-liberalism'. The conclusions and analysis are brought to bear incisively on central events of the contemporary world, and on how its serious threats can be confronted" -- Noam Chomsky "A comprehensive analysis of America's relationship with the world. No stone is left unturned. The maggots exposed are grotesque." -- Harold Pinter